Gover­nor’s por­trait is back af­ter its tum­ble

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - Her­man

Af­ter an ab­sence that left a no­tice­able void at the Capi­tol, the gover­nor is back where he be­longs — up against the wall.

No, not cur­rent Gov. Greg Ab­bott, who is back from a trip to Wash­ing­ton to get his photo taken in the Oval Of­fice with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

And no, not for­mer Gov. Rick Perry, who, now in the Cab­i­net of a guy he once told us was a bad man, also showed up for a re­cent Oval Of­fice photo with Trump.

The gov we’re talk­ing about is one that might not pop into your mind when some­body says “the gov”: Fletcher Sum­mer­field Stock­dale, a Civil War­era gover­nor who stayed out of the news un­til last Oct. 9 when po­lice say Tan­ner Graeber of Fort Worth, then 22, climbed Capi­tol scaf­fold­ing, busted a win­dow and en­tered the build­ing at about 3:30 on a Sun­day morn­ing.

Dur­ing Graeber’s al­legedly unau­tho­rized, af­ter-hours, un­guided Capi­tol tour, po­lice say he tossed a fire ex­tin­guisher and Stock­dale’s por­trait from the third floor to the Ro­tunda floor. He’s un­der in­dict­ment for bur­glary of a build­ing and crim­i­nal mis­chief. And yes, this is a Capi­tol of­fense.

The State Preser­va­tion Board said back in Oc­to­ber that the Stock­dale por­trait and its frame were sent out for re­hab, leav­ing a gap be­tween the por­traits of Govs. Pendle­ton J. Mur­rah and An­drew J. Hamil­ton. Sad.

But now there’s rea­son to be glad. Stock­dale’s back and look­ing good. Mur­rah and Hamil­ton seem pleased to have him back. I might be pro­ject­ing

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